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Old 11-22-2006, 12:37 AM   #1
schnocker
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Spacers for Rims?



I just bought a set of used aftermarket rims and snows. I took them to the dealer to be installed and they told me that they couldn't be installed without spacers. I called the guy that sold them to me and he says that he never used spacers for them. My car is a 325xit. His car was a 325i.

The rims are 16x7.5. I have no idea who made the rims or what the offsets are or should be. Also, I don't have any clue where I can find spacers to make them work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

As you can tell, I'm a total newbie.
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Old 11-23-2006, 01:34 PM   #2
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What year is your car?
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Old 11-23-2006, 04:50 PM   #3
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Right, sorry. It's a 2003.
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Old 11-23-2006, 10:54 PM   #4
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AWD and RWD E46s all shared the same hub geometry, in fact some of the factory wheels used on 330i's came on 325xi's also.

In addition, 5x120 wheels like those are generally designed for the E36/E46/E90 chassis (1992-present 3-series), so they're all interchangeable. I see no logical reason why those wheels would need spacers, unless the inner side of the spokes were touching the calipers. This however wouldn't make much sense, because 325i's and 325xi's have the same brakes.

I would recommend taking them to one of our sponsor shops such as Bimmersport Automotive, and ask Charlie to see what is going on. He woudln't charge you anything to just try the wheel on, and honestly without seeing the car I can't really give you any other advice.
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Old 11-24-2006, 10:32 AM   #5
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AWD and RWD E46s all shared the same hub geometry, in fact some of the factory wheels used on 330i's came on 325xi's also.

In addition, 5x120 wheels like those are generally designed for the E36/E46/E90 chassis (1992-present 3-series), so they're all interchangeable. I see no logical reason why those wheels would need spacers, unless the inner side of the spokes were touching the calipers. This however wouldn't make much sense, because 325i's and 325xi's have the same brakes.

I would recommend taking them to one of our sponsor shops such as Bimmersport Automotive, and ask Charlie to see what is going on. He woudln't charge you anything to just try the wheel on, and honestly without seeing the car I can't really give you any other advice.
+1 ^ do that, its good advice
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Old 11-24-2006, 04:18 PM   #6
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Ok, great. Thanks!
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